Taps: 11 / Bottles: 42
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Soonami:
3.35/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Went today with some other grad students from my department. I was pleasantly surprised by the decor, which was very inviting and unpretentious like a lot of "Irish Bars" can be. They didn't have a single TV around, which can be good or bad depending on who you ask.
The beer list there was about average for Philly. They did have a reasonably good bottle selection, but nothing you couldn't pick up at the Foodery or at another beer bar if you were inclined. The draft selection was pretty normal stuff, Yard's Philly Pale Ale, Lager, Harp, Guiness, Brooklyn Brown, Troegs, Sly Fox etc. The only thing that pique my interest was the Bear Republic Racer 5.
Service was friendly and we had a cute, attentive waitress--always a help! Food was a bit expensive, though of reasonable quality. I wouldn't go here just for the food, which I often find myself doing for Standard Tap, SPTR, or Local 44.
I wanted to give this place a 2.5 $ because it seemed kind of pricey for a working class town like Philly. A guiness draft was $6! The Bear republic was the same, which is why I ended up drinking $4 lager, which is still pricey.
I think the reason the place has a B+ average is because most of the reviews are several years old and although the bar might have not changed the Philly beer scene has improved vastly and there are many more places to get a good beer at a reasonable price. I guess most customers that come willingly pay for convenience of center city.
08-29-2009 05:39:56 | More by Soonami
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4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was in town for a show at the Underground Arts and decided to take a walk into Center City to visit one of my old haunts. I have not been in this bar for about ten years so I didn't know what to expect. As I wondered in I was taken aback by how much the place didn't change but got better with age. Once a dark smoke filled pub is now a relic of it's former self. Dignity and grace is the only words I can come up with; age just hasn't gotten to this great place, it has just made it better.
When I walked in I sat at the end of the bar. Ordered a Guinness and just scanned around the place. I threw that one and about five more back, rapped with a really nice bartender named Dave about the good old years. But I knew I had to go on since I was doing a small crawl before the show.
I think this is still one of my favorite bars in the Philly, just simple old school drinking, no TV's no loud pop music, just a nice relaxing time.
10-20-2013 02:32:36 | More by mildlybitter75
3.53/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
The decor is somewhere between what one would expect from an Irish Pub and a Dive Bar... decor is minimimal and all of the attributes of the space show some wear and tear, especially in the brightly lit rooms. Medium sized bar with minimal seating downstairs, small bar with more seating upstairs.
Beer menu is small but solid, mostly local crafts with a couple of national/international brands. Maybe 8 on draft with a bottle menu a bit larger.
To food has changed again, with a BBQ theme going on, which feels out of place at a bar such as this. The food was good, just a bit pricey for the standard bar (not gastropub) feel of the food.
Service is always friendly and as attentive they can be, even when crowded.
I'll pop in from time to time if in the area, but not a major destination for great beer or food, especially at the price point.
06-13-2011 16:17:36 | More by rfgetz
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Same owner as Monk's Café, but a more Irish pub feel that is casual and in the middle of the city close to the Reading Terminal Market. This place had a great vibe and was at least 100 years old with a great looking interior, woodwork and that speakeasy feel about it.
There were about 12 beers on tap and a pretty good bottle selection displayed behind the bar, with a nice variety of US and Belgian beers taking up most of the product line. I had the Cricket Hill Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale on tap, whcih was decent.
The bartender was knowledgeable and attentitive and it seemed like there was a lot of regulars present, especially for a Monday afternoon.
There was good music playing and the atmosphere was very laid back and embracing. I liked this place during my short visit to it and would go back again.
07-09-2010 03:52:23 | More by CHickman
4.36/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I cannot tell you how many times Fergie has been at me to come in for a visit. Now that the ice is broken and the cherry has been popped, I will be back.
A short, phone booth-like vestibule opened onto a hardwood floor with stairs to the second floor directly in front of the doorway and the short, wooden, "J"-shaped bar to the left. The back bar was wood and mirrors with Celtic symbology and a Gaelic phrase above it. Further aft, on the first floor, was a slew of standard restaurant tables and chairs with the kitchen all the way aft, behind velvet curtains. Washrooms aft right.
Upstairs, the extremely short bar was to the right, beginning at the front window and continuing aft just a short distance. Surrounding the bar were standard tables and chairs. A short stage was in the left corner by the window and live bands played every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with intermittent acts the other nights. Lovely!
The highlight of the visit when the proprietor himself arrived and his jaw dropped. Seeing some bearded weirdo at the bar. It's a tough life as an easily recognized beer, ah, personality.
Beer: Six (6) taps. Guinness Harp, Sly Fox 113; Yards PHLPA; Yuengling Lager; and Hoegaarden. Also, Woodchuck Draft Cider and Nodding Head Grog on Cask (!)
12-02-2009 10:23:32 | More by woodychandler
Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia, PA
88 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.